Cabrini ‘phills’ Citizens Bank Park

By Brittany McLeod
September 11, 2008

Shannon Keough

Fans of all ages sported Cabrini College knit hats on Monday, Sept. 8 at Cabrini Night at the Phillies.

Cabrini students, families, alumni and faculty filled the pavilion deck as the Phillies took on the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park on a clear fall evening.

Every student donned a red Cabrini College-Phillies themed shirt to show their pride and the whole night was focused on the Cavaliers.

As the cameras repeatedly flashed a shot of the Cabrini sections on the big screen, students and fans cheered as everyone got their five seconds of fame.

The game was considered mandatory for all freshmen, as each first-year student got a free ticket to the game.

Joe Giunta, the new athletic director of Cabrini College, was lucky enough to stand on the mound and throw out the first pitch to Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer.

“That was an incredible experience; a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not only as a lifelong baseball fan but to be out there representing Cabrini College was just awesome! To play catch with Jamie Moyer definitely has to be one of my favorite Phillies to meet. He’s definitely up there,” Giunta said in the elevator ride back up to the Cabrini suite.

The Phillies entered the second inning with a 2-2 tie. It was a sea of blazing red as the deck was filled to capacity and the Phillies Jayson Werth broke open a close game with a three-run shot in the eighth. Ryan Howard drove in two and Jimmy Rollins had three hits and scored twice. The Marlins managed to get within one run, but that’s as far as they would get, as Philadelphia pulled away and managed to maintain a two-run lead to win the game, 8-6.

Cabrini’s new president, Dr. Marie George, was also on hand and enjoyed the game from Cabrini’s Hall of Fame suite and later paid the Cabrini crowd a visit. George said, in an e-mail to the Cabrini community, “Looking out at the right-field stands and seeing section after section of red Cabrini shirts filled me with an overwhelming sense of pride for the College. With more than 1,600 students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, families and donors, the entire Cabrini community was represented. The participation showcased how strong the Cabrini community truly is.”

Cabrini and Phillies fans enjoyed their night as the Phillies took home a win and, with the Mets off, gained a half-game in the National League.

Brittany McLeod

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